Sunday, July 8, 2012

Particle God, pt. 2

Part 1 talked about whether you believe in something or nothing. Many people I know believe that there is indeed something out there, but they're kind of vague and unspecified in just exactly what that something is. Their definition doesn't go much farther than "a Higher Power". Many of them believe this power is a sort of innocuous, vaguely beneficent Energy that directs and guides us.

A belief very similar to the following, if you'll allow me to quote some sage wisdom from a venerable master:
It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us; it binds the galaxy together.
                                                                         -Obi-wan Kenobi
Old Ben's not entirely wrong.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Particle God

It was announced today that physicists had found almost certain evidence confirming the discovery of the Higgs boson, aka the "God particle". It might not seem like that big a deal to us plebians, but to describe it as a massive, momentous achievement in the realm of quantum physics is a major understatement.

Events of this magnitude present a great opportunity to step back from the day-to-day grind and think big, fundamental thoughts about What It All Means. Let's think big here. I mean really big. Pull the lens wayyyyy back. Let's not even think about religion or science. Think past Jesus or Mohamed or Buddha or evolution. Let's think about the universe itself. The physical universe of stars and galaxies, interstellar gas, quasars, black holes and the like. Let's just ponder the mere fact that it is. That it exists.

And let's think about the fact that this universe we live in is finite. From our vantage point it is incomprehensibly vast...but it does not go on forever.

The universe has boundaries, has ending points. There is an actual point at which the Universe stops. Which of course begs the question....what lies on the other side of the Universe?